Liza Ferschtman

Works for violin solo

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917235128
Catnr: CC 72351
Release date: 04 January 2010
1 CD
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72351
Release date
04 January 2010

About the album

There are two ages between the lives and work of Johann Sebastian Bach and Eugène Ysaÿe. Two ages of difference and of similarities.
Bach emerged as a phenomenal composer, a genius, in the first half of the 18th Century. He left an enormous repertoire. Ysaÿe was to be a famous violinist in the beginning of the 20th Century. He also composed, but produced not as much as his illustrious predecessor.

Ysaÿe, violinist to the backbone, took the Sonatas and Partitas of Bach as an inspiration for his Sonatas for Violinsolo (1924). Just like Bach he put the Sonata nr. 1 in the key of g minor. Also the dividing of the Sonata in four movements – alternating between slow and fast – he derived from Bach. This composer was, as becomes perfectly clear, his big example.
Alleen een viool. Bespeeld door een expressief violiste. Kan het mooier?
In deze opname van alleen vioolmuziek van Johann Sebastian Bach en Eugène Ysaÿe speelt violiste Liza Ferschtmann de sterren van de hemel. De stukken van Bach en Ysaÿe wisselen elkaar af en dat staat borg voor ruim een uur gefascineerd luisteren. "Met de haar eigen combinatie van flair, stijlgevoel en virtuoze techniek speelt Liza Ferschtman deze veeleisende werken met een stralende klank." Hans Quant, Luister, maart 2010.

De levens en werken van Johann Sebastian Bach en Eugène Ysaÿe zijn 2 eeuwen van elkaar verwijderd. Eeuwen vol verschillen en overeenkomsten. Bach was in de 1e helft van de 18e eeuw een fenomenaal componist en genie. Hij liet een enorm repertoire achter. De Belgische Ysaÿe werd als een bekend violist gezien, in het begin van de 20ste eeuw. Ook hij componeerde, maar liet lang niet zoveel composities na, als zijn beroemde voorganger. Ysaÿe, violist in hart en nieren, gebruikte de vioolmuziek van Bach als inspiratie voor zijn Vioolsonate (1924). Voor Ysaÿe was Bach duidelijk zijn grote voorbeeld.

Liza Ferschtmann werd geboren als dochter van bekende Russische musici. Haar vader was cellist en haar moeder pianiste. Op haar 5e kreeg ze al vioolles van de bekende violist Philippe Hirschhorn. Nog vele belangrijke leraren zouden volgen, waaronder Herman Krebbers. Liza Ferschtman geldt, zoals haar website beschrijft, "als een van de meest interessante muzikale persoonlijkheden van deze tijd. Met haar gepassioneerde spel en grote podiumuitstraling weet zij het publiek te raken." Ze heeft gespeeld met grote orkesten, zoals het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, het Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest en het London Philharmonic. In 2006 ontving Ferschtman de Nederlandse Muziekprijs; de hoogste onderscheiding voor musici in Nederland.
Zwei Jahrhunderte liegen zwischen Johann Sebastian Bach und Eugène Ysaÿe. Zwei Jahrhunderte von Unterschieden und Parallelen. Eugène Ysaÿe, Geiger par excellence, nahm die Sonaten und Partiten von Bach als Inspirationsquelle für seine Sonaten für Solovioline im Jahr 1924. Liza Ferschtman zählt zu den markantesten Persönlichkeiten der jungen Generation europäischer Geigersolisten. Ihre Auftritte beeindrucken aufgrund ihrer musikalischen Expressivität, gepaart mit Perfektion und intellektuellem Anspruch. Aus einem Elternhaus russischer Musiker stammend, verkörpert sie das musikalische Ideal der sog. 'Russischen Schule'. Liza Ferschtman erhielt 2006, im Alter on 27 Jahren, bereits den 'Dutch Music Award', für klassische Musiker die höchste Auszeichnung der Niederlande.


Violinist Liza Ferschtman, still in her twenties, is already recognized as one of the most significant artists of her generation. Her performances are known for their passionate and at the same time intellectual qualities.

In recent seasons Liza Ferschtman has performed with all the major Dutch orchestras, such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, as well as La Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, the Prague Philharmonia, Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, Slovenian Radio Orchestra, Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchester and the Israel Symphony Orchestra; she has worked with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Lev Markiz, Lawrence Renes, Jaap van Zweden, Frans Brüggen, Ed Spanjaard, Thierry Fisher, Mendi Rodan, Christoph von Dohnányi and Shlomo Mintz.

Other highlights of recent seasons include an open air concert attended by an audience of 20.000 people and broadcasted live on television, as well as another televised concert from the main hall of the Concertgebouw celebrating the 10th anniversary of its well known Sunday series.

As a daughter of Russian musicians, she started playing the violin when she was 5 years old and received her first violin lessons from Philipp Hirschhorn. Attending master classes with Yvry Gitlis, Igor Oistrach and Aaron Rosand at a very young age, her extraordinary talent was discovered immediately. Until 1998 she studied with Herman Krebbers at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, after which she also worked with Ida Kavafian at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and David Takeno in London.

As Artistic Director of Holland’s most important chamber music festival, the Delft Chamber Music Festival, Liza Ferschtman is also a passionate chamber musician. In the 2005-6 season she performed the complete Beethoven sonata cycle at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with pianist Inon Barnatan, which was greeted with enormous critical acclaim, and broadcasted on national radio.

She performs regularly in France, Belgium, Germany, UK, Russia, the US, Switzerland and Austria, and at festivals such as Ravinia festival in Chicago, West Cork Festival, Risor Festival and Prussia Cove in Cornwall. In April 2006 she made her New York recital debut with Inon Barnatan. The concert was received by such great critical acclaim that they were immediately re-invited for the 2008 season, the same season in which she made her Washington concert debut, together with Inon Barnatan and cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

In the summer of 2008 Liza was a special guest at the summer series of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She was invited to programme a mini-festival of 2 chamber music concerts and 2 concerts with orchestras in July and August 2008. All 4 concerts were completely sold-out.

Future engagements include; performing all Beethoven Sonatas in Italy, a series of three concerts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (solo, duo, trio), recitals in her home country The Netherlands as well as abroad, performances with orchestras such as the Radio Filharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra de Padova, Wiener Concertverein, Orquestra Nacional de Porto, Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra and the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. She will appear at festivals such as her own Delft Chamber Music Festival, West Cork, Kempten Festival, Rolandseck Festival and many more.

Her debut solo CD, with works from a.o.,Debussy, Poulenc and Tchaikovsky with pianist Bas Verheijden was received with great praise in several music magazines and newspapers. Her second CD, with works from Beethoven and Schubert with pianist Inon Barnatan, was released in 2007 by Challenge records and was extremely well received by the critics.

On 24th November 2006 Liza Ferschtman received the Dutch Music Award 2006, which is the highest distinction awarded to musicians in the Netherlands.


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